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Police union loses suit on release time

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PHOENIX -

It's a blow to the labor union representing Phoenix Police. A judge has ruled that officers cannot be paid taxpayer money for union work.

The Goldwater Institute filed suit against the city of Phoenix for what's known as "release time."

That's when city employees are paid to do union work instead of the position they were hired for.

The Goldwater Institute argued that release time violates the state's gift clause, because a government agency is giving out money without getting any benefit in return.

"It's taxpayer money that's going towards funding release time, so you literally have a situation where officers are being pulled off the street to go and work for the union on the taxpayers' dime," says attorney Taylor Earl.

Tuesday's ruling is temporary. A final ruling still needs to be made.

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